So … I’ve done it … round 2 of my Happiness Project is officially a success as I complete February’s element of WORK!
When I began round 1 of my Happiness Project I accurately predicted that work would be the most challenging element for me, and it is no wonder that I dropped off the band-wagon while trying to complete this element. However, this time around I felt much more motivated to stick to my WORK goals.
A large part of my motivation has to do with the fact that I truly miss working after having taken a hiatus from work during my “maternity leave”. As much as I love my son and being able to spend each day with him watching him and helping him develop, I also cannot see myself as a stay-at-home mama for the long term.
Although I have found academic networking to be quite different in Dubai since I began my renewed career search, I have thus far had one (unsuccessful) interview and one (pending) interview. Of course, it would be fantastic if I were able to obtain a faculty position in Dubai, as I have given a lot of thought into whether I would enjoy a teaching faculty career and now believe that I would devote myself to such a job wholeheartedly.
I put quite a bit of effort into submitting my resume to various universities in the UAE and preparing for interviews and I am proud of myself for doing so. Even if I do not get a faculty position right away, as long as we live in Dubai I will continue to keep searching and applying every new academic semester.
Though one of my task goals was to identify and contact job recruitment agencies in Dubai, I decided to abandon this goal after giving more thought into what I want to do in terms of my career. I realized that asides from obtaining a university level teaching job, I do not currently want to search for other types of jobs, and so a job recruitment agency is no longer necessary.
Instead, I have spent a significant amount of time and effort into developing my passion project – which now officially has a name! Picture Parenting is the website I hope to launch very soon on “the science of raising children through infographics”.
Having spent so much time trying to gather scientifically credible information on all sorts of parenting topics since becoming pregnant and now a new mama to my son, I have found myself increasingly passionate about educating myself on all things pregnancy, birth, and parenting. I have also found myself sharing what I have learned with other parents. While there are good sources of information out there, my idea is to present the information via infographics, rather than lengthy articles, so that it is easily accessible to a wider audience. I’ve always loved infographics and design so I think it is the perfect blend of my interests and expertise. So I hope that there is a niche for my idea!
Fortuitously I took a baby massage course with T in January and got invited to do a vaccine Q&A session at a Coffee Morning for new parents. It was actually a great experience for me as I felt I was able to make a difference on an individual level to those parents seeking advice about immunizations. It’s given me even more of a drive and passion to develop my website so that I can continue to share my knowledge. Of course, I’ve also been able to network with the pregnancy, birth and parenting community a bit and hope to continue to get invited to speak at their events.
As far as sticking to my daily resolutions has gone, I have been able to consistently catch up on science news, do my Duolingo Russian lessons, and feel happier at work. For the most part I’ve also managed to work on Picture Parenting almost every day. Reading a paper and listening to a science podcast every day was more difficult to maintain on a daily basis but I managed to do so at least half of the month and overall I did quite a bit of science reading in February. Because I’ve been so busy with various work tasks, I do feel like I spend significantly less time on social media. More importantly, because I am very engaged in working on Picture Parenting, I am not very inclined to procrastinate on social media when working on this project.
Though I didn’t get to start working on my idea for a new manuscript this month, I haven’t dropped this task goal and hope to start on this in the next month!
What I’m most happy about as far as the element of WORK goes is that I’ve gotten so much closer to identifying exactly what I am passionate about in terms of my career goals. I think that being able to constantly learn and share what I learn with others is what ultimately makes me very happy.